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Instead of putting a bunch of unhealthy ingredients like chocolate powder, sugar and cream in your milk, start drinking haldi doodh instead. An age-old remedy, it is a powerful combination that has several health benefits. All you have to do is boil milk with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder or a 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric for 10-15 minutes, and voila!
1. Treats colds and coughs
Turmeric is loaded with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help battle infection as well as the symptoms of a cough or cold. It is especially effective against dry, wracking coughs.
2. Detoxifies and purifies your body
This potent spice has been used as a blood purifier in Ayurvedic medicines for centuries. It improves blood circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, which is the body’s natural drainage mechanism. It also helps your liver detoxify the rest of your body.
3. Soothes arthritis and joint pain
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties have other benefits as well, among which a major one is the ability to soothe the pain, swelling and inflammation associated with arthritis. This drink strengthens your bones and joints, and improves flexibility as well.
4. Relieves headaches and congestion
Turmeric is rich in antioxidants as well as several nutrients, so it works like a natural painkiller against headaches, especially those caused by congestion.
5. Boosts immunity and fights diseases
The antiviral properties of this spice boost your natural immunity and prevent the multiplication of viruses, thereby protecting you against infections like hepatitis. Research also suggests that turmeric slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and even reduces your risk of getting cancer.
6. Enables sleep
Drinking a warm glass of this concoction an hour before bed can help you get much better sleep. Milk contains serotonin and melatonin, which are brain chemicals that play an important role in your sleep cycle. Turmeric reduces stress and relaxes your body.
7. Reduces menstrual cramps
Ladies, drinking a glass of milk with turmeric every day can reduce your cramps, as turmeric has antispasmodic properties as well as several vital nutrients.
8. Makes your skin glow
The antioxidants in turmeric fight the free radicals that cause not only disease but ageing as well, keeping your skin young and healthy.
9. Speeds up weight loss
The compounds in turmeric help your body break down fat, thereby helping you lose weight.